Has anyone ever added their own pinstripes to material with a sewing machine? Is this a feasible idea? I have a white shirt of my husband's that has an elbow rip and I was thinking of making a pencil skirt from it, but I think the material is rather boring and thought of adding my own pinstriping.
I would make a back-plate of several layers of sturdy fabrics (denim, upholstery fabric, canvas) to which your arm-elastics are attached. It would need to be pretty large to support maybe 8 branches per side, so an 8 by 8 inch square is likely a good start. I would just use a nice colour of yarn to sew the branches right to the back plate, using LOTS of yarn to completely cover the bases of the branches. Then I'd trim the backplate down to follow where the branches are, and add a backing of yet more sturdy fabric with a cheapo plastic cutting board cut to the right shape and sandwiched between the layers for even more strength. It's during the sandwich phase that I would add the arm elastics.
I never even thought of doing it with stiff fabrics and plastic! I thought I was going to have to use a wood base, but that makes more sense and will be easier. I'm going to keep them pretty small, probably just four smallish branches on each side that will go just past my shoulders at the longest. I don't know where I'm going to be so I may need to fit them in a suitcase. I like the idea of "backpack" too. Like, a literal backpack worked in there somehow, since my costume won't have pockets. I wonder if I can work that in... Also, my corset will probably be high backed, so I may be able to get it attached to that.
I've never done a costume-along before, but I could try! I'm hoping to go as an Autumn Fairy this year, if I can get the materials and everything in time (I don't get to get out often to do shopping.) So far my plan is to do a corset in the style of stays from the 1700's I think, layered skirts, one full, one probably square handkerchief, though I haven't decided if I want the bottom skirt to be full length or just knee. I'd also want to do a berry/leaf headdress which is probably easy enough to do, and maybe some bracelets as well. The complicated part for me is the wings. I'm not a big fan of the wings you can buy at most places around Halloween, and I saw a picture somewhere (that I can't find now, of course) of a fairy with wings made of branches, which I think would be perfect. Either branches completely covered in leaves, or just a few along the branches, I haven't decided yet. I don't know how I would attach them yet either, or what to do for the base. I've never made wings before >.> The colors would be shades similar to fallen leaves: oranges, reds, and golds.
This would probably be my most ambitious project to date, and though I know I'm capable of it once I get things broken down to their basic components, it's getting it started, and finished, in time.
ANY advice would be greatly appreciated. I want this costume to look awesome, as I'm trying to get my skills as a costumer up in hopes that I can one day make money off of doing this from home.
I'm planning on making an Autumn Fairy costume, but the part that's holding me back at the moment is the wings. I had the idea to do them from branches and leaves, but I've never made wings before, and have a feeling this might be out of my reach.